Globular Cluster, M19, NGC 6273 - stock photo
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Globular Cluster, M19, NGC 6273

M19 is a globular cluster in the constellation of Ophiuchus, located about nine degrees above (north) of the galactic plane and slightly west of the line of sight from Earth to the galactic center. It's actually on the opposite side of the galactic center from Earth, so despite being over 28000 light-years from Earth, M19 is one of the Messier globulars closest to the center of the Milky Way, at a little more than 5000 light-years. M19 is a rich, fairly dense globular cluster, and one of the most elongated. The brightest stars have an average magnitude of 14.8, and although its total absolute magnitude is -9, the apparent magnitude to us is 6.8. This is bright enough for easy viewing through binoculars and small telescopes. Because of its location near the plane and central region of the Milky Way, it has a background of faint dust and appears embedded in a rich field of stars. This picture was created from six images taken in July 1997 at the KPNO 0.9-meter telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory.

Science Source / Doug Williams/REU Program/NOAO/AURA/NSF

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